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hud-service in system monitor is currently using 800 MB of memory. Is this normal? What is it for? Is there a way I can reduce it?

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Sadly this is this bug which is being looked at and a fix will hopefully be available soon in the software updates...

You could kill the hud-service in the system monitor and recover all the memory it was using, plus it will restart the service:

killall -9 hud-service
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    still a bug? chewing 40% in a 1G memory Asus. this fixed it though :) – Madivad Jun 6 '16 at 21:42
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    3 years later and still a bug... this fixed the issue though. Thanks! – Tom Apr 20 '17 at 15:00

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